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yellow split pea fritters

hsaba's picture
Baya Kyaw is Indian in origin and is a popular street food in Yangon, eaten as a snack throughout the day. This recipe is my sister’s version and works particularly well as a starter, simply served with a dip or my personal favourite, eaten like falafel, stuffed in pita bread with chilli sauce and salad.
  Dried yellow split peas 250 Gram, soaked overnight
  Onion 1 Medium, finely chopped
  Coriander 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), finely chopped
  Red chilli 1 , finely chopped
  Paprika 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Ground turmeric 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Salt 1 Teaspoon
  Groundnut oil 2 Cup (32 tbs) (For deep frying)

First prepare the onions, chilli and coriander by chopping them finely and leave to one side.

Drain the peas and blitz half the peas in a food processor to a coarse consistency. Remove the peas into a bowl and blitz the remaining peas until a smooth paste, adding a drop of water (no more than 1 teaspoon) to help it along. Mix the two batches together. By doing this it gives the fritters a good texture so it will not split during the frying process.

Add the chopped onions, coriander, chilli, spices and salt to the mixture. Mix well to ensure they are evenly incorporated into the paste.

Heat enough oil in a saucepan to deep fry the fritters (never fill the pan more than half way), and when it is hot, scoop a teaspoon of the mixture and work with another teaspoon to form bite-sized oval shape. Drop the fritters one by one into the oil and deep fry in batches of 6 to 8 fritters on moderate heat for 2-4 mins or until golden brown.

Remove the fritters with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towel. They are best served warm with chilli dip or tamarind dip

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Vegan, Vegetarian
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes
yellow split pea fritters

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 224 Calories from Fat 71

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 8 g12.4%

Saturated Fat 1.4 g6.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 331.6 mg13.8%

Total Carbohydrates 29 g9.6%

Dietary Fiber 11.4 g45.6%

Sugars 4.9 g

Protein 11 g21.4%

Vitamin A 5.7% Vitamin C 10.4%

Calcium 3.3% Iron 11.7%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


shantihhh's picture
Sounds terrific, wonder if you could bake them and just pray with a little oil?
hsaba's picture
I haven't tried baking them - will have a go next time. I do sometimes just deep fry until slightly golden and pop them into the freezer. And when you're ready to serve, just grill them for a few minutes on all sides to defrost and make them crispy. I always use groundnut/peanut oil as it is said to be healthier than vegetable oil.
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